Uncluttered Chic in Small Spaces

Four small spaces have one thing in common: they feature uncluttered chic decor.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionKeeping souvenirs together in one spot makes them look like a collection rather than just clutter.
New York Souvenirs
As a graphic and interior design professor in Oklahoma, Jim Watson designed his New York apartment with creative ideas to inspire his students when they visit the big city for an extended field trip. Pure white walls create a striking contrast with the items on display. Using bright red carpet tiles, Watson ignored the restrictions of the walls and created a secondary grid for the space, setting the furniture along an angle to provide tension to the walls. The angle, oriented to the river view, relates to the overlapping street grids of lower Manhattan.

Each art display is eclectic and carries the themes of repetition and the city, including three vertical sculptural columns made of 735 recycled MetroCards, shown here with other kitsch souvenirs. Other collections include a 5x5 grid of 25 framed photos of classic New York City icons on the living room wall, and a gravity defying grid of 96 miniature Statues of Liberty and 96 miniature Empire State Buildings glued to the bedroom wall.